As a pastor, one of the things I often see in my congregation is a deep desire for something more. Whether it's more money, more success, more stuff, we all seem to have an innate sense that there must be something more to life than what we're currently experiencing.
But what if I were to tell you that what we really need isn't more of what's temporary, but more of what's eternal? The Bible says in Mark 8:36 "For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?"
You see, the problem with chasing after money, success, and stuff is that none of those things can ever truly satisfy. Sure, they might bring temporary pleasure or a temporary sense of accomplishment, but they will never bring lasting fulfillment. In the end, all of those things are fleeting and will pass away. The Bible says in Matthew 6:20-21 "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
What we really need is something that lasts forever. And that something is Jesus. As John 17:3 says "And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent."
You might be thinking, "Wait, how is Jesus going to give me more money?" Well, that's not exactly how it works. Jesus isn't a magic genie who's going to give us everything we want. But what Jesus does offer is something much more valuable: the promise of eternal life. As Romans 6:23 states "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
Think about it, when we put our faith in Jesus, we're not just gaining temporary pleasures or fleeting happiness. We're gaining access to eternal life with God. That's something that money can't buy. And once we have that, everything else starts to fall into place.
So, my dear friends, let's not waste our time chasing after temporary things that will never truly satisfy. Let's focus on what's eternal. Let's put our faith in Jesus, and trust that with him, we have everything we need.
I know it's a cliche but let's be real, who doesn't like cliches? "Money can't buy happiness", but Jesus can!
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